“Staring Back at Us” in Lines in Long Array

I’m very pleased to have a poem of mine—a ten-part sequence called “Staring Back at Us”—included in Lines in Long Array, a gorgeous anthology commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civll War. Beautifully conceived by editors David Ward and Frank Goodyear and exquisitely illustrated with Sally Mann photographs, it was published by Smithsonian Books and launched in November at the National Portrait Gallery. The volume includes twelve new poems by twelve contemporary poets: Eavan Boland, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, C.D. Wright, and (somehow) me. it also includes a dozen 19th-century poems, by Emily Dickinson, Julia Ward Howe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others.

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